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Tamarind for Silmaka: Rootical Folklore

Ages 11+, meets five times, Wednesdays 18:00 UK time, £55

  • Starts 12 Jun
  • 55 British pounds
  • Zoom class

Available spots

Service Description

Rootical Folklore celebrates African and Caribbean oral traditions through the flora. Interactive, the five week course utilizes chant, dialogue, poetry, brain teasers and maps. After the introductory workshop - SUNFLOWER SAVIOUR - the next one will look at the plants of Caribbean carnival, in SISALANA DANCE. The following week, THE COFFEE BEAN CHANT focuses on the greenery associated with female deities. The penultimate workshop features the forest guardians, entitled MAHOGANY CHANT. Then in the final session - THE GUAVABERRY WORKSHOP - we highlight the plants of African and Caribbean Christmas. The Encyclopedia of Rootical Folklore: Plant Tales from Africa and the Diaspora, written by Natty Mark Samuels, will be the source material of this five week interactive course, celebrating African and Caribbean Folklore through flora. The author will use the book's content, consisting of chants, dialogues, poems, short prose and monologues, to give an insight into what he calls the ''Moonlit Classroom;'' the tradition of evening gathering around the fire, where children first learnt the lessons of life and adults were reminded of them: and all were entertained. From Acacia to Yerba mata; with Mango, Soursop, Papaya, Sweet potato and others in between.

Cancellation Policy

We will do our utmost to ensure every booked class takes place. However, we strongly believe in the value of conversation between thinkers. Thus, we will not run a class with less than the minimum number of students. If we do not have a full group 24 hours before the class is set to start we will, sadly, cancel the session, refund all participants, and seek to run the class at a different time. Our full booking and cancellation policy can be found in our Terms and Services.

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